The Odyssey review by Symphony X

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  • Released: Nov 5, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (33 votes)
Symphony X: The Odyssey
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Sound — 10
Michael Romeo and crew deliver an impressive progressive metal album to boot with over an hour of music (with the "The Oddysey" alone totalling an astonishing 24 minutes"). The drumming and keyboards are excellent, but nothing special for Symphony X. However, Romeo lays down some ridiculous riffs and intricate guitar solos on songs like "Inferno", "Accolade II", "The Turning", and "Wicked". Romeo may easily be one of the most underrated guitarists of the '90s-'00s, and he displays his insane musical talents on this album, as does everyone else.

Lyrics — 8
Russell Allen sings very well on this album, adding to the group's distinct progressive metal sound. Allen matches Romeo's guitar beautifully on songs like "Inferno", "Accolade II", and "Wicked". He also growls out some of his vocals in songs like "King of Terrors" and "The Turning". Each song- most obviously the title track- is about the legends and tales relating to ancient Greek and Latin fiction.

Overall Impression — 9
By now, Symphony X has distinguished themselves as the often ignored powerhouse of the progressive metal scene. This album easily ranks with "The Divine Wings Of Tragedy" and "Twilight In Olympus" as one of their best works. You can't ignore this band's immense level of talent and musicianship, and this album is a perfect reference to some of their finest moments of all time.

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    Slayer_br
    the only band in the world that make a 24min music and that's sounds good from the begin to the end... and Michael Romeo is the best guitar player in the world... much better than Dream Teather
    Slayer_br
    the only band in the world that make a 24min music and that's sounds good from the begin to the end... and Michael Romeo is the best guitar player in the world... much better than Dream Teather SYMPHONY X RULES
    maximumrocker
    Fantastic album, from start to finish. and the title track is just godly! its great to see SX gettin reconized out there!
    thrashmonkey
    Everybody compares this band to Dream Theater, but I think Symphoy X kicks Dream Theater's ass any day. The bands are about equal when it comes to instrumental skill, but Symphony X have much more ability to write good songs instead of just soullessly showing off. I know I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but it's my opinion.